MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Eric Edgett has been plowing driveways and parking lots since midnight.
“Prior to that I plowed about eight hours yesterday,” Edgett said.
This is his first year of plowing for Metro North. He’s been in the landscape business for years but never has cleared snow, before this year.
“You have a lot of things going on, you have to make sure you don’t wreck trucks and run over people and equipment and all kinds of fun stuff,” he said.
With snow continuing to fall, it’s likely to be hours before he gets a chance to rest. However, the snow was tapering off in the Twin Cities metro by mid-Tuesday afternoon.
Several communities — including both Minneapolis and St. Paul — have declared snow emergencies.
Minnesota Department of Transportation plows were out in full force doing shifts of 12 hours on, 12 hours off, but they couldn’t keep up with the snow that kept falling and blowing around. Roads were snow-covered for the entire morning commute, leading to many crashes and spin-outs. The Minnesota State Patrol reported more than 200 accidents and spin-outs Tuesday morning statewide.